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. neither al qaeda in afghanistan nor pakistan now pose as grave a threat to america as their affiliate in somalia, that according to u.s. counterterrorism officials. the group known as al shabaab has even been successful in recruiting westerners. >> al shabaab is recruiting inside american mosques in somali communities like minneapolis and san diego according to the justice department. >> reporter: congressman peter king, chairman of the commtee on homeland security, held a hearing on the increasing threat. >> the terrorist training camps run by al shabaab teach their participants how to kill people and so the ability of one of those individuals to return to the united states and to put into practice that training is a threat. >> reporter: abc news has learned that before he died osama bin laden was secretly urging al shabaab to target the u.s. at least 40 somali-americans have trained and fought in a civil war in their homeland in the last three years, including three suicide bombers. as many as two dozen remain unaccounted for. >> probably the next, most significant terrorist threat
airborne division. >> this particular group of soldiers was sent to afghanistan as part of the surge. due to return home next month. >>> now for a look at morning road conditions on this holiday. flooding could cause problems on i-95 from d.c. into the carolinas. it could be stormy along i-10 from houston to tallahassee. wet along i-90 in the dakotas. and minnesota. >> and if you're flying, airport delays are possible in atlanta, miami, charlotte, memphis, st. louis, minneapolis, phoenix and las vegas. apparently a tough day for travel. look out. >> all over the place. >>> lot of fireworks displays are canceled in the south and southwest this fourth of july. >> the reason, hot, dry weather, which means potentially dangerous fire conditions. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: wild fires like this monster still burning near los alamos county. one reason, all of the way to s dia, canceled fireworks displays. all made worse by murderous heat and drought. dangerous temps of over 110 scorched the southwest. a record 118 in phoenix. and temps 100-plus bake in california. the mississippi vall
from iraq and afghanistan. >> it as $2.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with highly suspect spending reduction features. >> reporter: with a week to go until the august 2nd deadline when the government runs out of money, this exercise in capital brinksmanship is literally spending the treasury down to its last dollars. rob and tanya? >> we've been hearing for weeks now about this august 2nd deadline next week. but apparently the feds may have this extra cash. the government could pay its bills past august 2nd. some breathing room here. but still, it doesn't really make this any less intense. >> thanks to a little number crunching by the treasury department, there does seem to be a little leeway. but it still needs to get done. >> some deal hopefully in the works. we'll see. >>> one side effect of the big debt battle, believe it or not, is an increase in airline fares. they were put in place last weekend to make up for taxes that expired because washington just can't get its act together. with anger over the increases now growing, some senators are demanding that airlines eit
to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was essentially impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has an exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >>> not too far from her
on abc news. general david petraeus hands over nato command in afghanistan this morning to his replacement, lieutenant general john allen. petraeus leaves the region during a sensitive time. >>> general motors announcing a $300 million investment today, bringing encouraging news to michigan's auto industry. the money could go into a full-size truck factory in flint. >>> this morning's rush hour should be normal in los angeles. a bridge removal project along the infamous 405 freeway was completed sooner than expected over the weekend. shocking. >> was that much ado about nothing? >> yes. >> really, everyone just kind of went nutty on this whole thing. >> but they did so much media coverage beforehand, i think that's what saved them. >> good preparations. >>> for his final act harry potter pulled off one of the greatest tricks yet. he turned everything he touched into gold. >> the final movie in the franchise took in a record $168 million in the u.s. this weekend. here's t.j. winick with the story. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: ten years. eight films. $6 billion in tick
. mixed with all sorts of people of all ages. >> reporter: before he was killed in afghanistan in february he'd formed a remarkable bond with a stray dog. >> he'd written about this dog that was in the compound. he just loved it. wrote a lot about her. >> reporter: conrad lewis was serving with the 3rd battalion, the parachute regiment. the dog was named pegasus after the regiment's emblem. >> when conrad came back christmas, he said that he wanted pegasus, to bring pegasus back when he came back at the end of his tour. so after he died, we thought that that's what he'd want us to do. so we set t about doing it. >> reporter: it's taken some doing. but thanks to his regiment, the afghan national police, and the charity which rescues animals from war, pegasus is now in the uk. although she hasn't yet got a new home. quarantine regulations mean she'll be in these kennels for six months. for centuries, dogs have played a crucial role during war time, whether it's sending messages or sniffing out land mines. but in peg's case it's been more a question of companionship and loyalty and the impact
back, george. good morning to all of you. we begin with america's new ambassador to afghanistan, who is now on the job, sworn in just hours ago in kabul. ryan crocker said that there will be no, quote, rush for the its, end quote, as the u.s. prepares to withdraw from afghanistan. 10,000 troops are scheduled to come home by year's end. >>> a dramatic sight over dallas last night. take a look. an american airlines jet trailing fuel behind it. a 777. just left dallas for brazil when one of its engines caught fire. the pilot had to make a u-turn, had to dump all that fuel to attempt to lighten his load. still, though, several tires blew as the plane hit the runway. however, a safe landing otherwise. >>> and hundreds of same-sex couples made it official sunday. tying the knot on the first day that gay marriage became legal in new york. the weddings took place between young and old. protesters out in droves, vowing to fight the law. new york is the largest state to legalize gay marriage in this country. >>> football fans may get their wish. the four-month or so nfl lockou
of people. and not just celebrities and famous people but victims of murder. >> war widows from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch as it unfolds. >>> we're also going to have more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is. and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in that interview is just incredible. >>> also, more on casey anthony. we now learned her sentence e w extended by four more days. she's not going to get out until next sunday. we're going to have the latest on that. >>> and also, we'll have the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president actually called the congressional leaders into a rare session on sunday afternoon. and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas. george and i were watching the videotape
to be dane's dad. he's a marine sergeant who's been deployed in afghanistan since january. obviously a picture-perfect moment there. it's like better than if luke skywalker had walked in. >> his own superhero. >> exactly. pretty amazing stuff. we'll be right back with more "world news now." let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying .up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp p medicare supplement insuranc. plus you'll get this free g
commander has taken control in afghanistan, general john allen 140,000 american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. handover comes as violence hits an all-time high. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the jubilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. women losing in the world cup final, in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride that follows such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneous chants of japan. it has been four months since that devastating earthquake and tsunami killed 25,000 people. but today, japan finally has reason to celebrate. team japan's v vtory capped an emotional run for the perennial underdogs. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. alalg the tsunami-ravaged coast, renewed hope. nervous fans packed sports bar into the early hours. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. in team captain homare sawa's hometown, elation
not purchase, do not sell, and do not use fireworks. >> reporter: in afghanistan, u.s. service members celebrated america's birthday with cake. and of course it wouldn't be fourth of july without hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. in new york, some people went a little overboard. competitive eater joey chestnut scarfed down 6hot dogs in 10 minutes. he won his fifth straight nathan's famous hot dog-eating contest. >> i came out here to win, did what i had to do. might be eating pepto-bismol later. >> reporter: in the first-ever women's competition, sonya thomas took home the title, eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. there was drama surrounding the men's competition. takeru kobayashi, another champion eert was not at yesterday's nathan's event because of a contract dispute. he staged his own event in manhattan and ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. peggy and daniel, that would have broken joey chestnut's world record. >> we were talking about the technique, they dip the hot dogs -- >> in water. >> actually you see joey chestnut jumping. >> technique. just to get
. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made o o with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petry decided he's not done. and when he re-enlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, a a news, washington. >> you know, the medal of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> how cool is that? also, he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life whicicis really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keep
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